Israel waits for the “Annual cyber-attack”
5 April, 2016
The international “hacktivists” network Anonymous has announced it will carry out its traditional OpIsrael cyberattack on April 7. Israeli organisations are ready to face tbe challenge
The international “hacktivists” network Anonymous has announced it will carry out its traditional OpIsrael cyberattack on April 7. Though no serious damage has been inflicted in previous years, Israeli organisations are ready to face tbe challenge
For the fourth time, the Anonymus “hacktivists” group has announced it will carry out its OpIsrael cyber-attack against Israeli cyber assets on April 7. Video clips featuring masked activists calling to ”punish the Zionist entity for its crimes against humanity”, have been published across the internet. Anonymous has called free agents to join their attack in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.
OpIsrael’s aim, to “wipe out Israel from the Israel”, has not been successful very until now. The damages of the last three cyber-attacks have been minor. Among past achievements are the shutting down of a handful of Israeli websites, the publishing of several hundred Facebook usernames and passwords and the planting of anti-Israel propaganda in some websites. Nevertheless, Israeli authorities as well as private sector and cyber and data security companies are preparing for the traditional attack.
Israeli cyber industry join the fight
The now traditional Anonymous cyber-attack has created another tradition – each year, private Israeli cyber and data security companies join the struggle against cyber terrorism. Though the last attacks did not cause extensive damage, there is no place for complacency – a well prepared attack can cause damage to internet assets as well as national infrastructures.
White Hat, an intelligence and cyber consulting company, discloses that its research department has been closely monitoring groups associated with Anonymous as part of their efforts to offset any possible attack. The company will operate a control room assisting the public if the need arises.
Data security company Radware is preparing for the attack as well. The company’s experts have identified new attack tools being distributed online in preparation for the attack. Among other tools, hackers are expected to use a malicious tool causing the flooding of networks by seemingly legitimate traffic.